Patrick Reardon, Ph.D.


 Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering


OB 400
(256) 824-2530
(256) 824-6618




     Physics, The University of Alabama
     Physics, The University of Alabama
     Physics, DePaul University, Chicago, IL



Dr. Reardon’s research has involved the design, fabrication and testing of complex optical surfaces, elements, and systems for a broad range of applications. From ophthalmic optics, to JWST primary mirror segments, from THz through x-rays, Dr. Reardon has developed practical designs and methods to achieve successful results whether through simple geometrical optics models, more advanced Fourier techniques, or detailed wave methods.


Research Expertise

  • Optical and optical systems design
  • Optical Testing
  • FPGA-based Reconfigurable Computing
  • Multi-phase annular optical systems


Recent Publications

“An advanced optical system for laser ablation propulsion in space,” Bergstue, G., Fork, R., Reardon, P.J., Acta Astronautica, Volume 96, P. 97–105, March–April (2014)

“Separating misalignment from misfigure in interferograms on cylindrical optics,” Liu, F., Robinson, B., Reardon, P.J., Geary, J.M., Opt. Express 21, 8856-8864 (2013)

The Geospace Dynamics Observatory; a mission of discovery for Geospace, Spann, J. F.; Paxton, L.; Burch, J. L.; Reardon, P.; Habash Krause, L.; Gallagher, D. L.; Hopkins, R., American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2013, #SA41D-05, (2013).

“Efficient Light Collection from Crystal Scintillators Using a Compound Parabolic Concentrator Coupled to an Avalanche Photodiode,” P. Jenke, M. Briggs, P. Reardon , V. Connaughton, N. Bhat, C. A. Wilson-Hodge, Submitted to SPIE, Optics and Photonics Conference, X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, and Particle Technologies, San Diego (2013).

“Modeling and Simulation of a Spectro-Polarimetric Lenslet Array Imager," Walters, J., Robinson, B., Reardon, P.J., Optical Engineering, Vol. 52, Issue 2 (2013).

“Analyzing optics test data on rectangular apertures using 2-D Chebyshev polynomials,” F. Liu, B.M. Robinson, P.J. Reardon, J.M. Geary., Opt. Eng., 50, 043609 (2011).

“The Marshall Grazing Incidence X-ray Spectrograph (MaGIXS),” K. Kobayashi, J. Cirtain, L. Golub, A. Winebarger, E. Hertz, P. Cheimets, D. Caldwell, K. Korreck, B. Robinson, P. Reardon, T. Kester, C. Griffith, M. Young, Proc. SPIE 8147, Optics for EUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Astronomy V, Stephen L. O'Dell Giovanni Pareschi, Eds., 814701 (2011).

“Mirror Prescription Regression: A Differential Interferometric Technique,” B.M. Robinson, P.J. Reardon, and J.M. Geary, International Journal of Optics, Vol. 2010, Article ID 201305, 10 pages, (2010).

“Transmissive quasi-optical Ronchi phase grating for terahertz frequencies,” M.S. Heimbeck, P.J. Reardon, J. Callahan, and H.O. Everitt, Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 21, pp. 3658-3660 (2010).

“Survey of interferometric techniques used to test JWST optical components,” H.P. Stahl, C. Alongi, A. Arneson, B. Bernier, B. Brown, D. Chaney, G. Cole, J. Daniel, L. Dettmann, R. Eng, R. Gallagher, R. Garfield, J. Hadaway, P. Johnson, A. Lee, D. Leviton, A. Magruder, M. Messerly, A. Patel, P.J. Reardon, J. Schwenker, M. Seilonen, K. Smith, W.S. Smith, Proc. SPIE 7790, 779002, (2010).

“Schmidt-like corrector plate for cylindrical optics ,” P. Reardon, F. Liu, and J. Geary, Opt. Eng. Vol. 49, Issue 5., 053002 (2010).

“Instrumentation for beam profiling in the terahertz regime,” M.S. Heimbeck, H.O. Everitt, K. Taylor, C. Davis, E. Hamilton, D. E. Thomas, P.J. Reardon, and J. Hesler, Proc. SPIE 7671, 76710J (2010).

“Distortion compensation in interferometric testing of mirrors,” B. Robinson, P.J. Reardon, Appl. Opt., Vol. 48 No. 3, pp. 560–565 (2009).

“Geometric propagation of an axially symmetric optical wavefront in a homogeneous medium,” B.M. Robinson, P.J. Reardon, K.B. Howell, Journal of Modern Optics, Vol. 56, No. 4, pp. 558 – 563, (2009).

“Cohering of multiple polariton lasers for sensing applications,” R.L. Fork, L.A. Burgess, M.L. Davenport, D.M. Ramey, P.J. Reardon, D.B. Pollock, R.G. Lindquist, and D.M. Fork, Laser Source Technology for Defense and Security IV, M. Dubinskii, G.L. Wood, Eds., Proc. SPIE Vol. 6952, (2008).

“Polishing a Corrective Optic for a Cylindrical Lens Used in X-Ray Mandrel Testing,” F. Liu, J. Geary, P. Reardon, C. Underwood, T. Rogers, and T. Blackwell, Optical Fabrication and Testing, OSA Technical Digest , paper OThB7, (2008).

“Determining parent radius and conic of an off-axis segment interferometrically with a spherical reference wave,” Y. Pi., P.J. Reardon, Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 9, pp. 1063-1065 (2007).

“Multi-Confocal Paraboloidal Resonator,” Fork, R.L., Reardon, P.J., Davenport, M.L., Cole, S.T., Burgess, L.A., Aiken, S.G., 10th Annual Directed Energy Symposium Proceedings, Huntsville, AL, (2007).

“Compact Monolithic Terawatt Laser,” Fork, R.L., Reardon, P.J., Cole, S.T., Burgess, L.A., Aiken, S.G., 10th Annual Directed Energy Symposium Proceedings, Huntsville, AL, (2007).

“MCAO: a case study,” J. M. Roche, P. J. Reardon, K. Pitalo, T. R. Rimmele, K. Richards, Advanced Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications V, R.A. Carreras; J.D. Gonglewski; T.A. Rhoadarmer, Eds., Proc. SPIE Vol. 6711, (2007).